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NYC climate leader to be keynote speaker at Copenhagen World Water Congress

The International Water Association (IWA) World Water Congress & Exhibition will take place in Copenhagen between 11-15 September. The global water community will discuss diverse topics gathered under the theme of water for smart liveable cities.

IWA has announced Rohit T. Aggarwala, Commissioner for Environmental Protection, City of New York, as a keynote speaker for a plenary session at the Exhibition. Aggarwala will speak on 12 September and will outline his Practical Perspective in Building Resilience into Urban Water Management.

Aggarwala is a thought leader in sustainability, environmental, and urban issues. Currently, he is Chief Climate Officer of New York City & Commissioner of Environmental Protection.

Commenting on his involvement at the Congress, Aggarwala commented:

“In NYC we are focused on establishing multiple layers of resiliency at different scales to respond to the multiple hazards our changing climate is bringing to the five boroughs.  This includes green infrastructure, grid redundancy, coastal protection projects, emergency communication and much more.  And importantly, this work must move forward with urgency, funding, and partnership with government and individuals. We will do all this with a fierce commitment to environmental justice and prioritising the most vulnerable communities.”

IWA Executive Director Kala Vairavamoorthy added:

“[Rohit’s] experience and involvement with philanthropic efforts promoting the environment and urban sustainability clearly aligns with IWA’s mission and agenda, including our newest project on urban inclusive sanitation.

He will set the tone for an inspiring, forward-looking congress that will leave us with innovative ideas and pioneering thinking on urban sustainability and water.”

 See the program for the event at https://worldwatercongress.org/programme/

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